Ala Ebtekar is an American-based visual artist researcher and educator living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Known primarily for his work in painting, drawing, and installation exploring the juncture between history and myth, Ebtekar forges a multi-faceted project that melds Persian mythology, science, philosophy and pop culture together. Born to Iranian activist parents and studying at the San Francisco Art Institute and Stanford University—where he now teaches. His upbringing led him to explore the spaces between cultures, both shared and separated. Such experiences evolved into a practice that disquiets dominant notions of identity and complicates cultural difference.